The Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) is a medium-sized and predominantly nocturnal heron found throughout much of the world. This species is found in both fresh- and saltwater marshes. It is a colonial nester like most herons. The scientific name is derived from Greek for “night raven”.

This photo was taken on June 6, 2016 along the Santa Clara River in Los Angeles County, California during a riparian bird survey.

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